Facebook phone screen reject

Salesforce cVRx11
Jun 18 38 Comments

I had a phone screen interview with Facebook and I thought it went well, as I coded 2 questions in the 45 minutes.

But surprisingly I got a reject email from them

"Thank you for interviewing with Facebook. I received feedback from your technical screen and unfortunately, the feedback is not strong enough to progress to an onsite interview at this time.
That being said, we would like to keep your resume on hand as future opportunities present themselves and we continue to grow. We certainly appreciate your interest in Facebook and encourage you to check back on our careers page for future opportunities. We value the time you have taken to find out more about opportunities within Facebook and wish you well in your career search.
Please do keep in touch as you are eligible to interview after 1 year. We would welcome the opportunity to work with you again."

What does it mean? How can I do better next time? Any Facebook recruiter/interviewee can help here?

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TOP 38 Comments
  • Facebook / IT Wakao
    Sometimes I reject candidate even they "solved" the problem with optimal solution. There are something else other than just figuring out the solution.
    Jun 18 12
    • Facebook / IT Wakao
      I have the similar interview experience with other companies before, all happy and followed by a reject. I think it's more depends on the interviewer, although it's quite uncomfortable
      Jun 18
    • Salesforce / Eng Gjjdhjekej
      The coderpad session was closed and I couldn't visit it anymore. But I found the interviewer on LinkedIn. Honest question - is it ok to ask feedback on LinkedIn? I just want to avoid similar situation next time when I interview next year.
      Jun 18
    • Salesforce / Eng Gjjdhjekej
      Seems like we need a platform to share real time anonymous interview feedback :)
      Jun 18
    • Facebook / IT Wakao
      Imagine you are the interviewer, do you feel comfortable getting pinged on LinkedIn for feedback?
      Jun 18
    • Clearstream.TV beedangs
      So u had no questions for the interviewer at the end? Lol
      Jun 19
  • Damn this makes me more nervous for my fb phone interview coming up :/
    Jun 18 1
    • Verizon heamer
      You will be fine..don’t overthink
      Jun 18
  • New / IT
    neednewjob

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    I had my phone screen yesterday and the recruiter has an update already, wants to talk on the phone, could this be good? Or are they going to let me know about a hiring freeze. ::update:: they couldn’t make a decision and have to do another phone screen, ugh, guess this is better than a rejection
    Jun 19 6
    • New / IT
      neednewjob

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      Just 1, don’t know how they expect you to think through an entire problem. Code it, and come up with an optimal bug free solution so fast, guess it gives me more practice time at least
      Jun 19
    • Goldman Sachs pakalu
      Hey how much experience do you have? Are you interviewing for E4?
      Jun 19
    • New / IT
      neednewjob

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      Honestly I’m not sure what the exact level I’m interviewing for is, anything at Facebook would be a huge opportunity for me. But I do have 11 YOE, all one very small local company so I wouldn’t describe it all as good experience. But my recruiter did use the word “Senior” today on our call
      Jun 19
    • Well much much better than reject so best of luck!
      Jun 19
    • New / IT
      neednewjob

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      Funny thing is amazon also wants to do a redo of my assessment, ugh, they need to up the time requirements on these things lol
      Jun 19
  • Verizon heamer
    In how many days you were able to get a feedback
    Jun 18 3
    • Salesforce cVRx11
      OP
      On the 3rd business day after interview
      Jun 18
    • VMware mope
      I didn't even received this email. They just ghosted me.
      Jun 18
    • Verizon heamer
      I had mine this monday..yet to hear bak
      Jun 19
  • New / Data
    iwill4

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    iwill4more
    Don't take it too hard !!! It happens sometimes !!! Just keep practicing and applying ! You can do well in your phone screen interview but if the interviewer is not convinced that you can be a good fit or didn't do well comparatively to other (past) candidates , he won't give a strong feedback ! Good luck !
    Jun 18 0
  • Facebook dXQm00
    Did the interviewer give you hints? Did they point out bugs with your code?
    Jun 18 2
    • Salesforce / Eng Gjjdhjekej
      Yeah he sounded pretty happy with the solution
      Jun 18
    • Facebook dXQm00
      But did he give you hints for you to arrive at the solution?
      Jun 18
  • Capital One isha777
    I had just one question! I wrote the solution that worked but that wasnt optimal. Then interviewer gave me hint and I explained optimal solution. What are my chances of getting accepted?
    Jun 29 1
    • Hope for the best it might’ve been a tough question
      Jun 29
  • New qntryzx
    @wakao if you go with that logic, code is pretty neat and almost gives the solution but couldn't finish due other constraints, would accept it ?
    Jun 18 1
    • Facebook / IT Wakao
      That depends, I am just saying the priorities. Some people may focus on optimal solution without a hint.
      Some people focus more on bug free.
      Jun 18
  • Goldman Sachs pakalu
    Why do you think you were rejected? Did you solve both problems optimally? Were those seen problems and you failed to convey that to interviewer
    Jun 18 1
    • Salesforce / Eng Gjjdhjekej
      Optimally yes. One was solved in o(n) and the other one with other o(1). The second problem its kind of similar to lru cache ( which I have seen) with no capacity or eviction. I haven't mentioned that I know lru cache since it's not exactly same, but solved it using a hashmap, linkedlist.
      Jun 18
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    thanosM

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    thanosMmore
    AFAIK, you can ask your feedback from recruiter. They can give you your full comprehensive feedback as we always submit in detail of every round
    Jun 18 0
  • Facebook v8lfPb
    Post the questions and I will tell you what was the issue. For example, sometimes people don't know that there is a more optimal solution with O(1) extra space that modifies the input.
    Jun 18 0